Trump tightens immigration on Nigeria and five other countries!

Nigerians, are set to have more salt added to their injuries and sufferings which have been on the upward trends since 2015. From kidnappings, police brutality, Fulani herdsmen terrorists killings and displacing communities, Boko haram bombings and beheadings, inflation at all time high, lack of electricity, no good roads and now a ban on the opportunity to settle in the United States which has for many years been an opportunity for Nigeria to achieve their dreams. This latest news about US immigration rules must demoralise most Nigerians of any hope they have left!

What are the new rules?

The US said it would suspend the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.

Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals will no longer be allowed to apply for “diversity visas”, which are available by lottery for applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the US.

Mr Wolf said non-immigrant visas given to people for temporary stays – including visitors, those doing business or people seeking medical treatment – would not be impacted by the new rules. 

Of the new nationalities facing visa restrictions, Nigerians account for the most immigration to the US. And more specifically the southeastern Nigerians are more in the US than any other ethnicity in that country. The south easterners are about 99% Christians but this ban is targeted at Muslim countries. Given that the Igbo’s are dominantly Christians, could they use this opportunity to make case for their quest for independent from Nigeria as they will be unduly penalised in the context of their Religious ground.

According to US government statistics, the State Department issued 8,018 immigrant visas to Nigerians in the fiscal year 2018.

Kyrgyzstan and Sudan have large Muslim majorities, while around 50% of people in Nigeria and Eritrea are Muslim. Tanzania also has a sizable Muslim community.

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